Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead


International desk, Feb 16: Thousands of mourners have been attending funerals across India for some of the security force personnel killed by a suicide bomber in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday.At least 40 paramilitary police died in the attack near Srinagar.

The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it carried out the attack.

India has imposed a swathe of economic measures on Pakistan after the attack, including revoking Most Favoured Nation trading status and raising customs duty to 200%.

Although Jaish-e-Mohammad is based in Pakistan, Islamabad has denied any role in the attack.

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir but control only parts of it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the jawans will decide what punishment has to be dealt to the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack in which 45 CRPF jawans lost their lives.

He also launched a scathing attack at Pakistan without naming it and said that it had become a synonym for terrorism, reports HT.

“A country that was formed after India’s partition, which gives shelter to terrorism and which is on the verge of bankruptcy has today become a synonym for terrorism,” the PM said at a public event at Yavatmal in Maharashtra.

He was speaking in reference to Thursday’s suicide bombing at Pulwama in which 45 CRPF jawans were killed.

Saying that the sacrifices of the jawans will not be in vain, the PM said that no matter where the leaders of terror organisations hide, they will have to pay for their sins.

“Our jawans will decide what, where, when and how the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack will be punished,” PM Modi said.

Responding to the sentiment of anger that has spread across the country after the Pulwama attack, the PM called for patience.

“Have patience and faith in our soldiers. The nation understands the anger in the armed forces and the CRPF. We have given them a free hand to decide the punishment for those who carried out the Pulwama attack,” the PM said.